FACULTY OF BUSINESS

Department of Business Administration

GEET 311 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Politics of Human Rights
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEET 311
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course -
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives This course is designed to introduce students with the development of human rights as a global phenomenon, an international legal regime transgressing state borders. Our aim is to explore certain questions pertaining to human rights: What is it that we call “human rights”? In what historical periods can we locate progress and expansion in human rights? What do human rights stand for/against? What does it mean to have human rights with a claim to universality? By giving priority to primary texts and documents on human rights, we will try to understand this historical, legal, and political concept both in theory and practice.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to be able to explain political history of human rights
  • to be able to evaluate changes in human rights during the globalization process
  • to be able to explain use of child labor within the context of human rights violations
  • to be able to analyze climate change within the context of human rights violations
  • to be able to explain economic, social and political aspects of human rights in Turkey
Course Description Our course will proceed on the basis of three parts. In the first part, we will have a general introduction to the course, and will read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 adopted by the United Nations. In this part, we will also spend time on a broad yet somewhat nuanced enough trajectory of human rights. In so doing, we will try to diagnose and shed light upon certain keystones, radical shifts, and arguably progressive moments in historical development of conceptual, political and legal articulations of human rights. In the second part, we will focus on the early 20th century developments on human rights; such as the two world wars, the Nuremberg Trials, and the international recognition of “crimes against humanity” and genocide. We will spare our last few weeks on the decolonization period onwards. In this part we will discuss issues such as right to self-determination, child labor, migrant workers, and rights of persons with disabilities.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Defining the concept of human rights Carey, et. Al. (Cambridge University Press, 2010): “The Politics of Human Rights”, pp.7-39
3 Historical development of human rights Andrew Clapham (Oxford University Press, 2007): “Human Rights – a Very Short Introduction”, pp.23-56
4 Philosophical justifications of human rights Excerpts from John Locke, “Second Treatise of Government”; Richard Rorty “Human Rights, Rationality, and Sentimentality”
5 Philosophical critiques of human rights Excerpts from Jeremy Waldron (Methuen, Inc., 1987), “'Nonsense Upon Stilts”
6 Examining major human rights documents “The Declaration of Independence” (1776), “Bill of Rights” (1791), “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen” (1789), “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (1948).
7 Midterm
8 Rights of refugees, migrants, prisoners of war and prevention of torture UN Convention Relating to Status of Refugees (1951), Sabine C. Carey et al. “The Politics of Human Rights”, pp. 73-86.
9 Rights against discrimination International Convention on Racial Discrimination (1965), International Convention on Discrimination against Women (1979), Jack Donnelly (Cornell University Press, 2013), pp.274-290.
10 The question of Humanitarian Intervention Sabine C. Carey et al. “The Politics of Human Rights”, pp. 165-185
11 Human rights in Turkey Zehra Kabasakal Arat, “Collisions and Crossroads: Introducing Human Rights in Turkey”.
12 Presentations
13 Presentations
14 Review of the Semester
15 Review of the Semester
16 Summary and concluding remarks

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
Presentation / Jury
1
20
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
1
40
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
60
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: '.16.' x total hours)
16
0
Study Hours Out of Class
12
2
24
Field Work
0
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
0
Portfolio
0
Homework / Assignments
0
Presentation / Jury
1
16
16
Project
0
Seminar / Workshop
0
Oral Exam
0
Midterms
1
25
25
Final Exam
1
35
35
    Total
148

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to solve problems with an analytical and holistic viewpoint in the field of business administration.

2

To be able to present the findings and solutions to the business problems in written and oral formats.

3

To be able to interpret the application of business and economic concepts, and philosophies at the national and international levels.

4

To be able to use innovative and creative approach for real-life business situations.

5

To be able to demonstrate leadership skills in different business situations.

6

To be able to interpret the reflections of new technologies and softwares to business dynamics.   

7

To be able to integrate knowledge gained in the five areas of business administration (marketing, production, management, accounting, and finance) through a strategic perspective.

8

To be able to act in accordance with the scientific and ethical values in studies related to business administration.

9

To be able to work efficiently and effectively as a team member.

10

To be able to have an ethical perspective and social responsiveness when making and evaluating business decisions.

11

To be able to collect data in the area of business administration and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

 


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